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Copenhagen/Stockholm in late March & early April w/kids. Good idea or too cold?

I'm a mom trying to plan a spring break vacation for my family – there'll be four of us and the kids are ages 11 and 7. I cannot decide whether a trip to Scandinavia in the early part of spring will be fun/affordable or simply too risky due to weather!

We would fly into Stockholm on March 26 and then fly home out of Copenhagen on April 9. I love the idea of experiencing Easter in Europe, and my kids are huge LEGO fans so we'd want to see Copenhagen's flagship store at a minimum and probably also go to Legoland in Billund. We'd also want to see castles, hike a little if possible, visit some (kid-friendly) museums, etc.

We spent last spring break in Barcelona/Seville/Granada/Cordoba and LOVED it. However, I realize Spain and Scandinavia are two very different destinations in early springtime! We're pretty tough and can handle less than ideal weather, but I wonder whether cooler temps will make it feel less like a vacation and more like something we have to grit our teeth through in order to have fun.

I have to decide whether or not to book this trip by Oct. 4, so any advice is greatly appreciated!

Posted by
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Your could have everything from snow to sunshine and 15 celsius at that time of year, it's a gamble.

Posted by
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Hmm. That's what my gut has been telling me, Morten. Really appreciate your input.

Posted by
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What's "too cold"? Only you can answer that. I grew up skiing at Lake Placid when it was -10º F and windy. Copenhagen and Stockholm in early spring will be a LOT warmer.

If your 7 and 11 year old complain about temps below 50ºF, rethink this.

Posted by
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It's just not the best time to visit that far north.

Try Budapest and Vienna. Or Italy.

Posted by
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Thanks for the input thus far. We live in Idaho where the average high temp is between 44-53 Fahrenheit in February/March, and all of us are avid skiers, so the kids are accustomed to cold/snow. I suppose I'm wondering whether it could easily be worse than what we are already used to, and if so, whether that will spoil an otherwise fun adventure. From what I gather from Morten's comment, that could very much be the case.

Posted by
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You did notice that i wrote up to 15 celsius, not fahrenheit?
Easter in Denmark can have snow, but it won't be more than one or two degrees below freezing. On the other hand it could also be lovely spring weather.
With regards to celebrating Easter, it is usually a private affair in peoples homes, so you won't see processions in the Streets etc.

Posted by
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If you decide to go to Copenhagen notice that Tivoli opens 24 March, Bakken opens 23 March.

It's quite a long trip to Legoland. Figure more than 3 hours each way.

15 Celsius = 59 Fahrenheit.

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not sure what you decided, but for the record, the main LEGO store in copenhagen is not as amazing as you would expect. it was about as big as a typical large American mall LEGO store. tho there were a few very cool sculptures, it didn't feel very special. i was somewhat relieved as i was happy not to spend hours there! but, i also love LEGOs so it was a little disappointing.

the louisiana museum of modern art was an amazing place to visit with children.